Woman found dead in parked car along Loop 101 identified
Authorities are investigating an incident involving a woman who was found dead along a Phoenix area freeway on Sunday.
According to DPS officials, they received multiple reports early Sunday of a vehicle stopped on the left shoulder of the Loop 101 near Bell Road.
The Associated Press reported Sunday that when troopers arrived at the scene, they reported finding the woman unresponsive with a rope around her neck. Meanwhile, DPS officials said Monday that the woman had injuries that were not consistent with the minor collision of the car against the wall.
The woman, identified as 29-year-old Stella W. Kiarie, was later pronounced dead. DPS detectives then found a one-year-old boy by himself at the 29-year-old’s home.
DPS officials say their investigation is ongoing
DPS: Baby found home alone after woman discovered dead in car on Loop 101
The Department of Public Safety said detectives found a 1-year-old boy home alone in Phoenix shortly after finding a woman dead in her car.
The woman, identified as 29-year-old Stella W. Kiarie, from Phoenix, was found dead in her car on the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway near Bell Road on the southbound side around 7 a.m. on Sunday. The car was against the median wall with some damage to the passenger side, troopers said.
Troopers said Kiarie had a rope around her neck and her injuries weren’t consistent with the crash against the wall.
Firefighters said she died at the scene.
Detectives found a child safety seat in the car and were concerned the woman might be taking care of a child.
So they went to her home and found a 1-year-old boy alone.
The Department of Child Safety has taken custody of the child.
Investigators haven’t said if Kiarie is the mother of the baby or how she died.
Kiarie was an employee at the Arizona Department of Health Services. A statement from the agency can be read below.
All of Stella’s colleagues at Arizona Department of Health Services were saddened by this news and this devastating loss. Stella was a kind, compassionate and important member of this team. Our deepest condolences are with her family and friends at this difficult time.
The Department is not available to do an interview at this time, this is a devastating loss to our Department and our hearts go out to her family and friends.
Authorities are trying to determine how a woman died after she was found in her car parked on a freeway in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say they received multiple reports early Sunday of a vehicle stopped on the left shoulder of the Loop 101 near Bell Road.
When troopers arrived at the scene, they reported finding the woman unresponsive with a rope around her neck.
She later was pronounced dead.
Three lanes of southbound Loop 101 were closed for several hours as authorities investigated the death.
The name of the woman hasn’t been released yet, and DPS officials say their investigation is ongoing.